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McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

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Barrington, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Ma Johnson's Hotel in McCarthy is a wonderful step back in time. It has preserved the historical slice of life when the town was hustling and bustling. The Hotel is well appointed with artifacts as well as very friendly and accommodating staff. Everyone should visit McCarthy AK and when you do; you must stay at Ma Johnson's Hotel. 😉👍🏻👍🏻😉

Thank Joe B
Scottsdale, Arizona
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6 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you want a unique experience in the wilds of Alaska...make reservations at the Ma Johnson and travel to McCarty and Kennecott Alaska. After driving down a 60 mile dirt road and crossing a footbridge...one is met by Kris, manager of the Ma Johnson Lodge. She was so helpful and informative about the hotel and the goings-on of the tiny... More 

Thank JanPC
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Perhaps because we knew what to expect (Neil the owner actually called us to make sure we understood - an international call!) we found our experience at the hotel even better than we had hoped. We never had a problem using the bathrooms, found the beds very comfortable and charged our electronic devices while reading down in the lobby or... More 

Thank ETal
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

we explored Copper River while waiting for Wrangell Mtn. Air to pick us up...this is the way to go, even if delayed by fog!! Be sure to stop in at the Golden Saloon plus make reservations at the Bistro, Chef Chris' meal was over-the-top!! Tour of Kennicott mine was tough on the going up...but worth it walking down thru the... More 

Thank Sherry S
London, United Kingdom
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

McCarthy town dates well back and so does this hotel. The furniture and decor have been kept as original as possible so the atmosphere is great and makes a change to not stay in a room that looks like every other around the globe. Staff were friendly and on call 24/7 via an intercom. Rooms were basic and small and... More 

Thank Steve P
Anchorage, Alaska
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Cute historic inn with shared bathrooms. Rooms are small if you have a lot of gear. Stairs are steep if you are injured or older. SUPER staff that were very friendly and helpful. The staff really make this place work. Comfortable beds and very clean. It's pricey for what you get but better than the alternatives in McCarthy. McCarthy is... More 

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Charlotte, North Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is an historic hotel. Rooms are tiny and bathrooms are shared. There is no air conditioning. That being said, this is the finest lodging in McCarthy. Everything is clean and neat. The sitting room is very comfortable and has plenty of outlets to charge your electronics. The staff was extremely accommodating and friendly. This is a trip of a... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stayed here on the way to and from my trekking trip in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. My first night was on the second floor with a single bed. The room was tiny but comfortable. I had to use ear plugs to sleep as the people at the Golden Saloon talked outside forever:) On my way back I stayed... More 

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AK400400, Owner at McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel, responded to this review

Hi Ruchei: Thank you for taking the time to review your stay with us at Ma Johnson's Hotel! Doing a back country hiking and camping trip is about the coolest thing you can do in Wrangell St-Elias National Park! Upon returning, we certainly understand the need to freshen up and begin the next adventure! Although check in time is early... More 

Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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11 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Bucket list-best trip ever.Flying into Anchorage, we rented a 4 wheel drive vehicle and off we were to Denali. The scenery was fantastic. We actually started our trip 3 days before the tourist season starts. In planning the trip, our only challenge was what roads would be open( they usually are open by May 15th) . The bus at Denali... More 

1 Thank AlanrR947
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4 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2016

I stayed 4 nights at the Ma Johnson's Hotel. The rooms are small, but nice and very clean. The staff is incredibly friendly and makes you feel at home. I loved the fact that you don't need a room key and everything is so casual and laid back. Definitively recommended.

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Official Description (provided by the hotel)
Beautiful Scenery, Fine Cuisine, and True Alaskan History all rolled into one – Perfect for a weekend gateway!Our accommodations and restaurants are in the very center of the largest protected wilderness on earth. McCarthy is surrounded by more mountains and glaciers than anywhere else in Alaska! Experience the unexpected; unique tasting menus with casual style at McCarthy Lodge. The Golden Saloon offers a hearty menu of family favorites. Our greenhouses provide fresh produce for our restaurants, our Copper River Red Salmon is wild-caught by locals. Best of all, the fully restored Ma Johnson’s Hotel is the only authentic historic hotel in the park. Spend a few minutes in the Golden Saloon and make friends instantly. ... more   less 

Additional Information about McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel

Address: 101 Kennicott Avenue, P.O. Box MXY, McCarthy, Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve, AK 99588
Location: United States > Alaska > Wrangell-St Elias National Park and Preserve > McCarthy
Price Range: $110 - $200 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:2 star — McCarthy Lodge & The Ma Johnson's Hotel 2*
Number of rooms: 18
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